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Monday, August 20, 2012

How it works!


We put stuff online here, usually unique things we find in obscure places or from our rarefied sources.

Kevin Randle reads our copy and places items from it on his blog, without noting where he found the item.

He did this with our Jonah Lehrer notes, especially the one about Wired magazine continuing to use Mr. Lehrer.

That came to us from a professional journalist site we subscribe to and which we doubt Mr. Randle has access to.

But Kevin slipped that note into his post about Mr. Lehrer, which was initially spurred by our take on the Lehrer bouhaha.

No, we don’t mind that Mr. Randle uses anything of ours. We just would like the courtesy of being mentioned as the source.

David Rudiak offered a reference to the Socorro insignia/symbol in a comment here (and elsewhere). He pointed to the source as Jerry Pippin.

But the reproductions of the symbol came from unique drawings from one of our guys, a fact that Mr. Rudiak didn’t know, not having seen our many takes on the insignia here.

How could he have known that Mr. Pippin misappropriated the drawings, without attribution?

UFO bloggers often purloin material from other UFO sites and blogs, without noting the original source, leaving the impression that they conjured up the material themselves.

It’s a journalistic no-no, but UFO people are not journalists or ethically steeped.

But that’s how it works…



  • The Internet has created a culture where attribution doesn't seem important, which is terrible. The bane of my existence right now is getting the footnotes / sourcing right for my book, but I can't imagine not doing it, or not giving credit where credit is due.

    And now, I have to go file another breach of copyright claim on YouTube for Best Evidence.


    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Monday, August 20, 2012  

  • The rip-offs, Paul, are egregious.

    It's not just a matter of being sloppy, it's often done with intent; intent to assume work done by others but touted as one's own.

    Media has been rife lately with such deeds, so it's not just the UFO crowd.

    It's happening everywhere.

    In our instances, it would just be a matter of courtesy to acknowledge us as the source when one uses things we've found or created.

    In your case, it's a matter of stealing your creative work that is truly unique and not compensating you for that work, let alone noting you as its creator.

    I'm not one of those people who think creative enterprises are free for the masses.

    An artist needs to be acknowledged for his or her work, and compensated accordingly.

    The free-for-all in the UFO community is really criminal, and what's sad is that the people taking and using other people's efforts as their own have no scruples or care about their misdeed(s).


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, August 20, 2012  

  • Bad behavior just seems to be proliferating exponentially. This is another example. I think the Web is one place it plays out, but it's not the source.

    I think something has seriously gone off the rails in Western culture and societal values during the past 25 years or so. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but it seems to have something to do with an overdeveloped sense of entitlement coupled with intellectual laziness and situational ethics.

    Whatever it is, I'm sure it is the major contributor to our current worldwide economic decline. Just look at the behavior in the financial markets that's still taking place and you'll know what I mean.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Monday, August 20, 2012  

  • It's Spengler's Decline of the West, PG.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, August 20, 2012  

  • Sometimes you just gave to fight the good fight. Fortunately, I have minions to seek out and destroy on my behalf!


    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Tuesday, August 21, 2012  

  • You have minions, Paul....I have onions.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, August 21, 2012  

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